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a pre-tax profit margin of 17. %, she said she would revisit those goals for the pretax profit margins for that unit in mid year once, again, the final acquisition or the last leg of that brokerage unit has been completed. the year over year decline in fixed income commodities and currency trading was down 42%. she said it was due to the very strong first quarter of 2012. that was due to some hejs that had helped put on for its clients. however, she did note on a quarter over quarter basis trading was up. retail activity among the brokerage clients was strong in january and february. it did taper off a little bit in march on concerns about some of the issues we saw. cyprus the big run-up in the market, et cetera. april got off to a slightly stronger start as well. she said ceo confidence when it comes to m and a, she said right now ceos are looking out to the second half of the year. there is concerns about the profit outlook there and that's holding them back a little bit. debt and equity underwriting remain strong. >> thank you, mary. a lot of information you had from that conversati
. >> yeah, it has, which is good because that may counteract the effects of the payroll tax high. what about gold? let's check the commodities like gold, the ten-year. down about 7%. 7 bucks to $1414. there's been a bit of a move in sort of the euro. we want to keep an eye on that. there's your currency chart here in the ten-year treasury note. we talk about home sales. you always want to watch the ten-year treasury note. the yield right now is at 1 o.66. in corporate news this morning, japan says final permission to resume flights on boeing's dreamliner, it may come as early as thursday. that's earlier than expected. yesterday, boeing's engineers began install b reinforced lithium ion batteries on all nippon airways jets. some investment banks that have been looking to sell businesses with liquid assets in order to appease regulators and bolster balance sheets. credit suisse cited the rule last summer as a reason for exploring that sale. also, a u.s. trade panel has ruled apple didn't violate a google patent to make the iphone. if it had been found guilty, the tech giant's popular devices c
. you've heard that the first quarter was tough. probably payroll tax impacted more than anything else. and small business is -- and big business for that matter is totally the flux with the obama care act and what it all means. and business is looking at part-time, that you've got to keep people under 30 hours. they don't want to employ more than 50 people. and nobody really knows how this thing is going to work. now, as far as the japanese yen, every major manufacturer in the world has made a strategic decision to produce where they sell. no manufacturer can deal with the volatility in exchange rates. and if you look at where the japanese are today compared to 10, 20 years ago, there is no comparison with let's say 80% produced in north america. so the exchange rate has been dramatically reduced as a factor in our business. and at the moment, i don't see any impact. >> okay, mike, $42. we've been friends a long time. you couldn't tell me at four bucks that that was something i should -- actually, we're not allowed to do it, anyway, but you couldn't have mentioned that back in 2008 or
looking at the i.r.s. of tax code. you have the north pacific, alaska. >>steve: it should be simple. we're going to go get them. >> think about it. now we own a part of a federal resource. it's been good for us that way. we can lease crab, buy crab, sell a crab. for us, it's been lucrative. but at the same time they do clamp down. every agency has got their fingers in us somehow. >>steve: who is the worst? who is the worst? >> they're all great! they're all great! >>steve: in the next season, i understand you guys face your toughest winter ever; right? there is a downturn? >> it's like groundhog day. it was tough. >>steve: why is that? just an off year? >> he'll say there is a lot of ice. flatout, climate change is an issue and it's impacted all the fisheries, all the seas, everything. incrementally a little at a time. you throw things out of whack a little bit and the whole marine ecosystem starts to shift. but our fisheries are healthy right now. >> it didn't feel like global warming to me, that's all i know. i'm telling you, it was cold. >>steve: of all the reality shows, i think you
be another one of those. but you have had the payroll tax increase go into effect. you've had sequestration go into effect. you have no growth in people's incomes. that was the more disappointing numbers out of the last unemployment insurance report. and if people don't have money, they can't spend money. and finally, we're being affected in the slowdown in europe in particular and the slowdown in the emerging markets. our export growth has fallen to about zero at the moment because there isn't demand overseas for our products. so it feels like a little bit of a soft spot, but we'll see. >> how much of this is consumer confidence, do you think? >> consumer confidence definitely plays a role. but consumers right now don't have the money to spend. and if they went out and spent, they'd be borrowing money. i don't think -- i think it's a more fundamental problem in a way than consumer confidence. >> steve, my long wait yesterday trying to get up to new york, in the lounge was tim geithner waiting for the flight, as well. i asked him, we're seeing these good signs in the economy, how much of it
a phenomenal house in houston, no taxes, great unemployment, we've got a great house in coronado, small but fabulous, and better unemployment, 5%. okay? but i have to tell you, how do you overlook the fact that one house is 4,400 square feet in houston and the other house is only 1,000 square feet. >> that's a huge difference. >> yeah. >> so between the english manor or the cozy cottage, the winner is? >> the english manor. >> because of the size? >> exactly, it's livability. really, a thousand square feet is tough to live in. people do it, i've done it, but it's tough. >> real estate really coming back. >> this has all been real estate porn all day. >> real estate porn, all right. we will leave it there. i don't know exactly what that means, real estate porn. do you want to explain that real quick? >> people love to watch real estate. >> they do, that i get. >> and porn. >> yeah, that's one of the most successful things on the internet right now. >> exactly. always a fabulous guest and winner, dolly lenz. >>> up next, make or break for apple. the technology giant out any minute now. we
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